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Wine in Brine?

WardsterWardster Posts: 1,006
edited 9:38AM in EggHead Forum
Has anyone ever used red wine in their brine ingredients? I'm not sure if there are any elements in wine that may counter act the purpose of brining.
Thanks, yet again.

Apollo Beach, FL


  • MarvinMarvin Posts: 515
    We brine a lot and a lot of things. Have not used wine, but have used apple and other juices. The juices impart a slight, subtle flavor that is nearly hidden by the salt, sugar and other spices. I think it would be a relatively expensive proposition to use wine for very little benefit. On the other hand, if you do it, please let us all know how it performed.

  • BBQfan1BBQfan1 Posts: 562
    I have used wine in a brine. As Marvin mentioned, the white wine I added to a poultry brine went largely unnoticed, but I used a very sweet maple syrup dessert wine in with some poultry and it did impart a nice flavour. Held that idea through the cook, glazing the poultry (breasts) with a reduction consisting of more wine, maple syrup, brown sugar and some dried ancho powder to offset all that sweetness. Nice!

  • Wardster,[p] No wine, but I brined a roast once in a concoction that was mostly Guinness! You could definitely taste it . . .[p]MikeO
  • Wardster,[p]Carefull with that wine, or you'll turn that brine into a marinade! :)[p]One of my favorite ways to treat a flank steak is with red onions sliced thin, and half a bottle of reasonably priced Cab/Merlot.[p]The thing to remember with wine, or vinegar in a brine or marinade is that both of these will denature the proteins on the surface (or as deep as you let it seep) of the meat. This denaturing will serve to tenderize the meat, but will also make it a bit drier or even end with a mushy texture. So be carefull, and watch your times.[p]Happy soaking,

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